AAC Softball Tournament cancelled, Shockers season ends
The American Athletic Conference announced the cancellation of the AAC Softball Tournament Saturday night.
The decision was made after inclement weather in the Houston area had caused the tournament to run close to two days behind schedule.
Only two games were completed in the 2019 tourney.
"First and foremost, our thoughts are with all of the people in the greater Houston region who are dealing with this extreme weather," said American Athletic Conference commissioner Mike Aresco. "We regret that our student-athletes were not able to enjoy a traditional championship experience this season, but the safety of our student-athletes remains our first priority."
South Florida will receive the conference's automatic bid as a result of being the highest seed remaining in the tournament at the time it was cancelled.
An AAC official told KAKE News the field in Houston was deemed unplayable after 2-3 days of steady rain.
They also stated they couldn't move the tournament to another location and complete it by the 1 pm deadline on Sunday mandated by the NCAA.
Wichita State needed to win the AAC tournament to get a bid to the NCAA's. They end their season at 32-24.
Spoke with an official from the AAC tonight who passed on these points re: cancelling the softball tournament.— Scott Braswell KAKE News (@ScottBSports) May 12, 2019
-They discussed moving the tournament but couldn't make it work logistically.
-They had a 1 pm Sunday deadline to finish the tournament according to NCAA rules.